Power Ranking Liverpool's Offensive Weapons
When Liverpool swept aside the then Premier League leaders Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield earlier this month, it proved to the rest of the world what Kopites have been saying all season—the Reds' attack is superb.
Daniel Taylor of the Guardian wrote of the humbling of the Gunners:
They were overwhelmed in that dazzling blur of attack after attack when Liverpool scored four times in the opening 19 minutes and Wenger should probably just be grateful the humiliation did not become even more degrading once Raheem Sterling made it 5-0 early in the second half.
The fact that Brendan Rodgers' men have scored just two less than Manchester City's 68 Premier League goals this season is testament to a ruthless Liverpool attacking threat.
Here, we rank the men who make up that attacking artillery—and there's no prizes for guessing who's in first place.
8. Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas' career at Liverpool has been somewhat of a flop since his move from Celta Vigo last summer.
The Spaniard's thin and wiry frame has struggled in the physical Premier League environment, and the 26-year-old has made just 12 appearances for the Reds.
Showing little sign of being a force of the future, Aspas sits at the bottom of our list.
7. Victor Moses
Signing Victor Moses at the end of the summer transfer window seemed a shrewd move by Rodgers at the time.
However, the Nigerian international has looked uninspiring and rather unwilling during his loan spell from Chelsea.
Can he impress in Liverpool's final 12 games of the Premier League season enough to earn himself a future at either Anfield or Stamford Bridge?
6. Luis Alberto
Luis Alberto's first season at Liverpool has been somewhat of an enigma.
He has looked intelligent on the ball and comfortable both in possession and his execution of passes during his 12 appearances for the Reds.
But with a plethora of talent in midfield and attack, Alberto's time to shine at Liverpool is yet to come.
5. Jordan Henderson
Able to cover both defensive and attacking responsibilities, the evolution of Jordan Henderson has continued this season.
Steven Gerrard's new deeper role as a holding midfielder has allowed Henderson the freedom to move forward and support Liverpool's attacking threat.
The 23-year-old must now look to make goals a bigger part of his game, adding to the 10 he's scored in his first 123 appearances for the club.
4. Philippe Coutinho
Despite a sluggish patch before Christmas this season, Brazilian Philippe Coutinho's impact at Liverpool has been magical since his move from Inter Milan in January 2013.
More recently, the 21-year-old has made the position in the hole between midfield and attack his own, able to control the pace of the game and form the base for attacking movements.
It is important to remember that Coutinho is a midfielder, and not a forward—goals aren't a necessary part of his game, though he has found the net six times in his first 36 appearances for Liverpool.
3. Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is probably the most exciting development of 2013/14 for Liverpool, improving and maturing with every game.
This season has seen Sterling form wonderful and threatening relationships with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, leading him to be part of an indispensable front three for Liverpool.
Such is his stamina and athleticism, Sterling has been utilised down both the right and left wings, and he could arguably have a future as an old-fashioned right-wing-back.
2. Daniel Sturridge
The sheer amount of goals Sturridge scores gets him up to second on our list alone.
Having been given the confidence to revive his career by Rodgers, Sturridge is taking his chance in front of goal time and time again.
For fans, it is refreshing to have such a natural goalscorer up front for the Reds, whilst his understanding with Suarez and Sterling has further flourished during the campaign.
Since signing from Chelsea last January, Sturridge has scored an astounding 30 goals in his first 38 appearances for Liverpool—and long may this rich vein of form continue.
1. Luis Suarez
It's no surprise that Suarez tops our list of Liverpool's offensive weapons, having been regularly compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this season.
All the superlatives in the world have been used when describing the 27-year-old Uruguayan international's performances this season for Liverpool.
On top of his 74 goals in 121 appearances for the club, Suarez's work on the pitch is relentless, giving Premier League defenders a torrid time and supplying chances for Sturridge.
His teammates' improvement in form this season has also allowed Suarez to become more of a team player than a stand-out individual at Liverpool but make no mistake, he is by far Liverpool's best player.
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